Watch above: Construction in south Edmonton created a bottleneck on Gateway Blvd of about 40 blocks this morning. Kent Morrison explains the reason for the delay.
EDMONTON – Many people on their morning commute through south Edmonton hit some traffic snarls Wednesday, thanks to repaving work.
The city shut down 63 Avenue between 99 Street and 104 Street from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for asphalt grinding and paving.
The night closures are scheduled to happen for three nights in a row.
However, many drivers experienced delays well into the morning, and took to social media to vent their frustrations.
Traffic is moving so slow on Gateway and 51st I’ve had time to connect to the wifi at Jordan’s Carpet store. Thanks Jordan. #yegtraffic
— Darren Brown (@DarrenYEG) September 10, 2014
@yegtraffic avoid gateway blvd at all costs!!! Traffic is horrible this morning! #yeg #morningtraffic #bad pic.twitter广州桑拿网/n69qUEztGB — Roberto V (@FunBerto80) September 10, 2014
Gateway blvd is gonna be the death of me this morning.
— →kms (@kmaristo) September 10, 2014
Kelly FitzGibbon from the city’s transportation department explained Gateway Boulevard was reduced to two lanes at the 63 Avenue intersection Wednesday morning. FitzGibbon said the same thing will happen on Thursday morning and possibly Friday morning as well.
The milling and grinding required for the project will mean Gateway will be blocked from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on those days.
“We ask people to take a little extra time,” said FitzGibbon.
The entire 63 Avenue project runs until September 20.
The city advises drivers to detour using Whitemud Drive, 51 Avenue or 82 Avenue.
For more information on the city’s traffic projects, click here.
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